Tanya and James met at the academy, and when he introduced her to Lilly, it was like the three pieces of a puzzle coming together. Tanya hails from Providenyia, Chukotka (just across the Bering Sea from Alaska), so she is fluent in Russian and also Terran Standard English.
Tanya is the "XO", or Executive Officer, of James' ship, Nightwing, and she is also the Navigator. She is fairly tall for a female wolf G.E.L.F. at 5 ft 10 in tall (James is 6 ft 4 in, and Lilly is 5 ft 6 in), and she has slightly finer facial features, giving Tanya a somewhat more elegant look. However, Tanya is all wolf if any other wolf G.E.L.F. females happen to look James' way--despite the fact that she has been rather accepting of certain others for one reason or another. Tanya is, of course, a skilled pilot in her own right, and one day she will have a ship of her own to command. For now, though, she's content to be with James and Lilly on Nightwing, and loving it. ;)
I drew this using a 0.5mm mechanical pencil using HB lead, 6B graphite stick, various blending and shading tools, on Georgia-Pacific "Everyday Copy & Print" paper.
Characters, story, art © 2014 Ronald J. Lebeck